Application Checklist

So you’ve decided that you want to apply to Champlain CollegeNow what? As long as you view the application process as a simple checklist, there’s no need to panic! Take it one step at a time and you’ll be done before you know it.

Know your dates. As you may have realized, the application process is all about time management. Do you want to apply Early Decision or Regular Decision? Early Decision is designed for students that know Champlain College is their #1 choice, and they seek to fast-track their admissions and financial aid processes prior to the regular notification date. Early Decision admission decisions at Champlain are designed to be personal and transparent so that you know your admissions decision and financial aid package as early as 3 weeks after submitting your application. Either way, you need to know when the application deadlines are; that information can be found here.

Get your letters of recommendation. Champlain requires at least two letters of recommendation, one from a guidance counselor and the other from someone who can best highlight your academic potential. Give the people you are asking to write these plenty of notice before you need to send them in; the advance notice will be appreciated, and your recommenders will be able to put more thought into what they want to say.

Ask your guidance counselor to send in your transcript. This one is pretty straightforward, but again, give them enough time to get a copy and send it to the school. Many schools can send transcripts virtually;your guidance counselor will be able to tell you how yours will be submitted. Champlain receives documents via Naviance or SendEDU. Have questions? Reach out to your admissions counselor to learn more.

Complete your portfolio. If you are applying to the Creative Media, Filmmaking, Game Art & Animation, Game Design, or Graphic Design & Digital Media majors, you are required to submit a portfolio. This is another thing you don’t want to save until the last minute. You can find specific requirements for each portfolio here.

Write your essay. This is the part of your application where you can be creative and really show us who you are. Be yourself and make sure you proofread—you can even get someone else to look it over, like your English teacher (this is what I did, and it helped a lot!). Also, yes, this does mean that you should complete a rough draft sooner rather than later. For more great tips on writing your essay, check out this blog post from former admissions counselor Jovan Ellis.

OPTIONAL—Send your ACT/SAT scores. Champlain College is a test-optional institution. We know that standardized test scores are not the only way to measure student success and have made submitting such scores with your application optional. If you decide to send us those scores, Champlain’s SAT code is 3291, and our ACT code is 4298. SAT and ACT score reports can be sent to Champlain from the CollegeBoard and ACT websites respectively. More info on test scores here.

Complete the application. This may actually be one of the easiest parts. It involves a lot of filling in the blanks, so as long as you know things like your name and where you went to school, you should be good to go. At Champlain, you can apply through the Common Application or the Champlain-specific Online Application. More info on both here.

Complete the FAFSA. This will require some help from your parents or guardians, so make sure to share the deadlines with them. You can find those along with more info on applying for Financial Aid here. If you have questions about Financial Aid, you’re welcome to reach out to our Enrollment Service Center at (802) 860-2777.

Optional: Take a tour of campus. Here at Champlain, we love to see students who are passionate about coming here. One way to show that is to visit our campus in Burlington, VT and take a tour with one of our Student Ambassadors. This is also  a great way to get the feel for our campus and see if Champlain is the right fit for you. You can schedule a visit here.

Optional: Have an informational interview. Informational interviews at Champlain are not required, but they do allow you a chance to ask any questions one-on-one with a Senior Admissions Intern and give us a chance to get to know you better. These can take place on campus, over the phone, or via Google Hangouts. You can schedule an informational interview by sending an email to


Once you’ve completed all of these steps, you can relax. Congratulations, you’ve applied to Champlain! This is an exciting time, so take it in and enjoy it while you can because the next four years will fly by.

If you have any questions about the applications process, you can tweet us @Champlainedu, leave a comment on this post, or email


By: Nancy Champagne